How to Make Paper Flowers




So, hi, I'm Keith-Kid. Who the hell are you? I am one of the regulars here at instructables. I am...

Origami is the japanese art of paper folding. It's an art form not many have the patience to master, but once you learn to create beautiful shapes from a simple paper, you can impress friends and family with your art.

I'm gonna teach you how to make an origami flower, simple to make and with a beautiful result.

It might take some patience, since origami requires some pretty exact folds, but once you finally master it, I guarantee you that you will know how to make something thats a great gift, an uncommon talent, and a good little talent to show people.

This origami flower can help you master other origami forms, since its got some complex forms made through simple folding.

Hope you enjoy!

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Step 1: What You'll Need

What you'll need to make the flower is a piece of square paper.

It doesn't need to be origami paper, the only thing that maters is that its square.

If you don't have a square piece of paper don't worry you can make one with

*A Piece of Printer Paper


*A Ruler

*A Pencil

Step 2: If You Don't Have Square Paper ...

If You Don't have square paper then do the following

  • Take the printer paper

*Take a flap and fold it like shown in the first and second pictures

*Use a pencil to mark the line that was made between the triangle and the rectangle

*Using scissors, cut along the line

Voila there you have a square!

Step 3: First Fold

Have the color you want to have on the outside of the flower facing upwards.

Fold the paper in half forming a rectangle.

Step 4: Fold Sideways

Fold it sideways now. Look at the pictures

You should end up having a small square

Step 5: Fourth Fold

Now this is where it starts getting tricky

Take a flap and open up a half of the square.

Flatten the square into a triangle.

Again please Look at the Pictures

Step 6: Flatten the Other Square

Now Flatten the other square

Step 7: First Actual Fold

By now you shoud have a triangle.

Take one flap and flatten it.

Try to align the creases, that way the flower will come out symmetrical

Step 8: Crease

Take the flaps from the diamond shape created and fold them to the line.

Then unfold them to make a crease.

Note: Crease means to mark the shape

Step 9: The Trickiest Part

OK Now this is the trickiest part of the flower so you might want to look at the pictures a couple of times to understand.

Lift the bottom flap (the point of the diamond shape) up.

Fatten it making sure that the bottom flap stays over the top flap. Like I said You might want to take an extra look at the pictures.

Step 10: Almost Done

Turn it over clockwise.

Now take the bottom flap of the diamond and fold its corners inside, just like the previous step.

Step 11: 4 More Times

Now take another flap of the triangle and repeat steps 7-10 on the remaining three flaps

Step 12: Make the Flower Bloom

Take a flap and fold it down. Repeat with the other flaps.

Step 13: Done!

There You have a flower!

It'll probably look irregular or some pars will look diffrent than others, but don't worry, you just need some practice.

After a while you'll start to see the difference.

Step 14: If You Want

If you want you could roll the petals with a pencil like so:

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I don't mean to be rude, but you seem to leave out some valuable information -- and also perform this flower in a much more difficult way than it has to be. . . At this point, all of my Instructables are origami (Mainly because I used up all my supplies for the really cool things), and I hope you will not take offense if I decide to make my own Instructable for this same/similar model. . .

    Oh, and this piece is commonly referred to as an "Iris". I didn't really read the whole thing through, so I'm not sure if you went over that already. . .

    St Jimmy

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I can understand the confusion for some, and I will say this: Origami Instructables are difficult to make, and often difficult to follow. Although I haven't made one (for the above reason) I am very familiar with origami. This is one of the better 'ibles I've seen, but I still say a video is the way to go if you want to make an origami 'ible. Good Job!


    7 years ago on Step 13

    Completed and thank you. The only step that hung me up was step 9 but a little bit of reasoning and I sorted it out.

    Thanks again!


    8 years ago on Step 5

    Ummm it sota get hard here........


    9 years ago on Step 11

    how do u do it again on the 3 and 4 fold???????????


    9 years ago on Step 7

    Hard set,,
    Start folding it from the pointy side at the top down words, makes it easyer

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 7

    IM SOOOOOO CONFUSED AT THIS POINT!!!!(HELPPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


    9 years ago on Step 10

    i dont know this step do you thinku can explain me more please


    9 years ago on Step 11

    after i do the second one i dont know how to do the 3rd and 4th


    9 years ago on Introduction

    I found this very easy to follow.  It took me a few rewinds of the vid for step 8, but other than that, very simple.


    9 years ago on Step 9

    Got it. After you unfold the tiny flaps from step 8, take the very bottom tip of that central piece and fold it all the way up to the top tip. While you do this, the paper should form a sort of awkward cup shape, flatten the sides of that "cup" down so they meet in the middle.

    Unfold step 8
    Tip to tip
    Flatten the sides so they meet in the middle (Will look like picture 4)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This type of flower is called "Iris", it will look better if you dimple the petals with scissors. You can paste it a stem and paint it using a spray.

    Sorry, I know my english is not very cool. :D


    9 years ago on Step 6

    hey. no offense, but you should try to explain a little more. i tried this and it was so hard i had to go to a different site.

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    Reply 9 years ago on Step 6

    Look at all the pictures carefully so you can see what I mean in this step....


    10 years ago on Step 13

    Thanks keith kid...i have done it...By the way thanks Its so easy once you know already!